Los Angeles | Virgina

Posted: February 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Los Angeles, Nikon

Virginia, Los Angeles; Nikon D200, 28-70mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Virginia, Los Angeles; Nikon D200, 28-70mm Nikko © Doug Kimr


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St. Maarten | Twelve Metre Regatta

Posted: May 20th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Nikon

Sailing on mutli-million dollar America’s Cup boats in the Caribbean is a dream opportunity. Unless you’ve been hired to shoot the event and because of the gear, you cannot participate. I love sailing and have spent some time on boats and it was tough to be on these incredibly crafted boats, cradling my gear and watching others grind and tack.

These photos were from St. Maarten on board the Stars and Stripes, racing against the Canada II. The water glimmered, the sun was bright, the winds were brisk, our boats skimmed the surface of a jewel all afternoon long.

The one downside was that I was sprayed several times and the salt water damage to my D300 and D200 still exists, even after several visits to the Nikon Repair Service. Nothing kills gear like salt water.

Oh, and we lost to Canada II. Bastards.

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Grinders! 12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Grinders! 12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim


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Dominican Republic | Aaliyah & Patrick

Posted: May 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Nikon

One of the most beautiful and wild weddings I have been to was the party that Patrick and Aaliyah threw in the Dominican Republic. Shooting with the one and only Hella Hot Helene, the wedding was a wild occasion filled with crazed golf cart drivers, rum filled coconuts and the wedding reception ending up in the infinity pool.

Some people just know how to have a good time.

And damn, Patrick and Aaliyah are a good looking couple.

Aaliyah & Patrick

Aaliyah & Patrick © Doug Kim

Aaliyah & Patrick

Aaliyah & Patrick © Doug Kim

Aaliyah

Aaliyah © Doug Kim


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Encino | Pedlow Skatepark

Posted: March 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Los Angeles, Nikon, Skate

Pedlow Skatepark in Encino has a great, massive and roomy keyhole bowl, a large street course, a super tight, shallow snake run and some horseshoes in the street area. There is unfortunately no tree cover and subsequently no shade in the entire park so summer afternoons are brutal. It is near a school also so after 2PM, watch out for the flying groms.

Shot for National Lampoon. I do not remember the significance of the white wicker elephant but this guy had a nice layback air.

Pedlow Skatepark, Encino © Doug Kim

Pedlow Skatepark, Encino © Doug Kim


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Bike Wreck at Buttonwillow

Posted: May 6th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Nikon

I found it to be extremely tough to shoot bike wrecks. Not for lack of trying. When shooting a race, you are normally viewing the world through a long lens, focused on a single rider or pack of riders on a far turn. When you finally take the camera from your eye, you see the cloud of dust and wreckage right in front of you and the ambulance already on its way.

After shooting two seasons of the club racing circuit in California, I was able to capture a handful of wrecks on film. Here is the sequence of the only one in color from the Buttonwillow Raceway Park in November of 2005. Shot with a Nikon D200, 80-200mm.

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Click here to view an animated gif of the wreck.


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Portofino

Posted: April 13th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Nikon

I normally do not care enough to take photos of landscapes or city scenics and my resulting photos are poor efforts anyways. Portofino, however, is something else. This tiny fishing village on the Italian Riveria is so perfectly quaint that it borders on the ridiculous. Nestled in a little cove next to Santa Margherita Ligure, this village is so color-coordinated and is such a hyper-idealized rendering of the Mediterranean aesthetic that one feels confident that the team of Disney set designers and painters had just left that morning.

Go there and eat and walk and eat again.

portofino1

Portofino © Doug Kim

portofino2

Portofino © Doug Kim

portofino3

Portofino © Doug Kim


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